Aurora's Paramount Theatre Holds Keep It Positive Workshop For Teens

The Keep it Positive workshop provides teens information about healthy relationships and sexual harassment

Bernie Tafoya
September 24, 2018 - 1:55 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Teenagers in Aurora will be able to learn more about healthy dating relationships and even self-defense on Monday, all sparked by a local theater’s latest production.

Prompted by the theme of self-respect and Elle Wood’s journey through Harvard Law School including dealing with sexual harassment in Paramount Theatre’s new production of Legally Blonde, Paramount’s Education and Community Engagement Department is partnering with Mutual Ground and the Aurora Police Department to offer a free 'Keep It Positive' workshop Monday.

"In the current world we’re living in, with social media, bullying has transformed relationships, we want to make sure kids to know what a healthy relationship looks like and when it becomes unhealthy, how to combat that," said Shannon Cameron, director of Education and Community Engagement for the theater. "We wanted to do something around women’s empowerment, about combatting harassment, especially seems so relevant in today’s news cycle."

The Keep it Positive workshop targets students ages 11 to 18. It provides teenagers information about healthy relationships and sexual harassment from Mutual Ground, an agency that works with people impacted by domestic and sexual violence. Shannon Cameron of the Paramount Theater in Aurora said the Aurora Police Department will also provide information on self-defense.

“The Keep it Positive workshop is another way Paramount Theatre is ushering Legally Blonde into the current decade,” Cameron said. “Amidst the Time’s Up movement and #metoo, Elle Woods’ story opens the floor for empowered discussion about women’s safety and commanding respect in workplace and educational settings.”

The Keep it Positive workshop is part of the Paramount Theater’s Dive Deeper workshop series that connects the community with themes from the theater’s shows.

The workshop is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday night at West Aurora High School. The event is free, but space is limited. Please register in advance at paramountaurora.com/education/#dive-deeper-programs.

Paramount Theatre’s Legally Blonde runs through Oct. 21. For tickets and information, visit paramountaurora.com or call (630) 896-6666.